Paul Nuttall insists UKIP isn't dead: 'In 18 months we'll be bigger than ever'

UKIP's Paul Nuttall says 'Theresa May will struggle in Brexit negotiations and won't get the deal the public wants'

Paul Nuttall spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer (Stock image)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall claims his party isn't irrelevant - and in fact will be bigger than ever in a matter of months.

The right-wing figurehead also told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Theresa May is going to struggle in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and won't get the deal the public want.

He made the comments just a day before the general election, with many suggesting UKIP are going to struggle after the party performed disastrously in last month's local elections and declined to contest a number of seats in the national vote.

Nuttall defended the policy of surrending seats, saying his party had "targeted sensibly," while adding that UKIP is ideally placed to seize on May's limitations.

He said that, based on May's previous time in government, "particularly her record as home secretary, I think she’s going to suffer badly in the Brexit negotiations and I don’t think she’s going to get the deal that people signed up for last year.

"If that happens UKIP is going to fly up in the polls, fly up in membership," he told Julia. "UKIP is more relevant than it’s ever been, we have to be the guard dogs of Brexit.

"The future is bright for this party regardless of what happens tomorrow because politics is a long game." 

He also commented on Diane Abbott who has stepped down from her role as shadow home secretary on the eve of the election.

Nuttall said: "If she is ill then obviously I hope that she has a speedy recovery."

Listen to the full interview above